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Curating Stanley Lench

28 February 2017
Archives, Exhibitions

Curator and former Bethlem Museum registrar Rebecca Lodge talks about her excitment at being invited back to create this wonderful exhibition. 

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Hospital Snapshots 12

03 February 2017
Archives, History

With the discovery of an intriguing photo accompanying a Victorian patient's records, work placement student Niko considers its meaning. 

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Edward King: A Life in Art - A Review

25 November 2016
Art, Exhibitions

A look in to the rising recognition of art to mental health in our cultural institutions, by Bethlem Museum volunteer Georgina. 

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Three

07 November 2016
Archives, History

For this final installation of "Bethlem's Boardroom," our volunteer focuses on the figure in the corner of the photo...

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Two

14 October 2016
Archives, History

Continuing our look at the historic boardroom, our volunteer this time focuses on the shields that line the walls.

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part One

21 September 2016
Archives, History

With the opening of the newly restored historic boardroom at the museum, one volunteer takes a deeper look at its contents and its past...

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Volunteers’ Week 2016: A Big Thank You!

02 June 2016
News and Events, Personal Accounts

Volunteer’s Week is a national celebration of all those people who give up their time to various organisations. This post looks at the lovely Bethlem Museum volunteers! 

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 2

09 May 2016
Archives, History

Join us for a closer look at Raving & Melancholy Madness and all that they represent, in "Uncomfortable Glory - Part 2." 

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 1

03 May 2016
Archives, History

Bethlem Museum volunteer Alexandra Milne looks at the history of two of the most famous pieces in our collection; the imposing Raving and Melancholy Madness.

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Virtual Book Club XI

02 April 2016
Literature, Personal Accounts

In time for World Autism Awareness Week 2016, this month one of our Front of House volunteers reviews "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida, which is available to read in our permanent museum.

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200 Years Ago Today 14

11 March 2016
History

On 11 March 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard evidence from Bethlem's Matron about the reforms to patient care she had recently instituted

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200 Years Ago Today 13

06 March 2016
History

On 6 March 1816, a Parliamentary enquiry heard details of the treatment given to James Tilley Matthews while a patient at Bethlem Hospital.

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In the Frame: ‘Dancing Cats’ by Stanley Lench

20 January 2016
Archives, Art, Personal Accounts

A peek into the vibrant world of Stanley Lench, written by one of our volunteers. 

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100 Years Ago Today 3

25 December 2015
History

On 25 December 1915, Bethlem Hospital's magazine Under the Dome carried news of its servicemen on active wartime duty

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200 Years Ago Today 12

16 December 2015
History

On 16 December 1815, the Hospital published the ingredients of its mass-catered "Bethlem Soup", along with costs

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